Facebook. Twitter. LinkedIn. Vine. Instagram. If you are not on any social media sites, you are definitely in the minority. Social media has many benefits: connecting with friends, sharing interesting articles and tips, advertising, etc. However, as a health care professional, your social media presence may have a large impact on your career and your professionalism. A slip up on a social media site can have repercussions in your educational and career goals. Here are a few tips to remember to avoid having a negative social media presence.
Don’t post anything on the internet that you would not say to your boss or your patients
Do not complain about work on social media
Do not make grammatical errors; proofread your posts
Post only professional photos, especially for your profile pic
Do not like or link to controversial groups or people
Be careful about linking to politically charged articles that are not based on fact
Be selective with friend requests. Do not allow friends to post inappropriate comments or photos to your page
Ensure proper privacy settings are on (these can change, check on them frequently)
Don’t post during work hours if you are not supposed to be on non work websites
Consider having a separate personal and a professional page
Click on the link below to see a few recent online disasters.